Monday, December 9, 2013

Blue Lines by Toni Aleo

Title: Blue Lines
Author: Toni Aleo
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Assassins #4
Main Characters: Piper and Erik
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam. 

My Review:
Ahhh, I've missed the Assassins, but I'll admit I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book. I am not a fan of pregnancy story lines. And we got to to see the very beginning of this relationship before and knew it was headed for trouble, because Erik can be a real jerk. BUT Toni Aleo did it again...wove an extremely good story so that by the end I was completely in love with both these characters...yes, even Erik.

This story is about a one night stand that goes awry. Piper's been infatuated by Erik forever so when she gets her chance to go to bed with him, she doesn't resist. And of course, he breaks her heart by blowing her off the next day. They truly don't see each other again for another six months and then Piper blows Erik's plans for his life out of the water. Luckily in those six months, there's been a lot going on in Erik's mind. While he hasn't changed his mind about not being the guy for Piper, he can admit now that she was different. There hasn't been a day that went by that he didn't think about her since that night. BUT (and this is a huge but for a reason) Erik has very definite ideas about himself. Piper and a baby do not work in that. He had an extremely tragic childhood and refuses to put that on someone else. He's absolutely positive that his genetics will come out eventually. At his heart, he resists Piper because he doesn't want to hurt her.

Piper's had her own problems. She's a bit flighty, never sure exactly what she wants to do with life. Luckily, she's fairly talented and can do pretty much whatever she tries, but that doesn't help anyone around her feel better about how she'll handle single motherhood or a relationship with Erik. Flighty...not a good thing when it comes to long-term relationships of any sort. But what never changes for her throughout this book is her belief in Erik. She sees a different side of him than he shows anyone else. She sees his scars and fears and loves him because he lets her see those. She knows why he's running and is doing her best to be patient and understanding with him...not always an easy thing with a ton of pregnancy hormones running through her system.

The book is volatile and emotional. I liked what the pregnancy hormones did for Piper in this book. It could have easily been a book/story where she was getting walked all over, but she stood up for herself time and time again and that made me love her character. Erik is really hard to like at first. Flat-out, he's a jerk...seriously, king of jerks. But he slowly reveals a good heart that had me melting by the end, although there were a few times when I was so ready for Piper to dump him in the ditch. The scenes with Erik's best friend Phillip were absolutely great. Every time they had a scene together I was giggling. I'm really hoping Toni has him slated for the next book. 

Overall, it was another GREAT addition to the Assassins series. I love these hot hockey players and the girls who keep them on their toes. (An aside, you get to see ALL the other couples in this book....LOVE that!)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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